Annual Research Symposium

About the OSF HealthCare Annual Research Symposium

Since 2004, OSF HealthCare has hosted the Annual Research Symposium (ARS), a free event where professionals gather to learn and recognize research, evidence-based practice and process/quality improvement activities and accomplishments from across the OSF HealthCare Ministry and research community.

The daylong event is devoted to:

  • showcasing and celebrating past and ongoing efforts
  • raising awareness of research ethics and human research participant protections
  • providing learning opportunities to both experienced and novice researchers
  • promoting responsible conduct of research
  • implementation of research practices in health care settings

All OSF HealthCare Mission Partners and other research community members interested and/or involved in research are invited to attend.

Research participants are not an intended audience of the ARS, and attendance is limited to research and other medical professionals only. 

Check this page often for new information as the annual event nears.

For questions or more information about the ARS, email .


OSF Annual Research Symposium 2018


When & Where

ARS 2018 was on May 16, 2018 at the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center in Peoria, IL. Thanks to everyone who attended, spoke or otherwise contributed for making it another successful event. 

ARS 2018 Awards

Congratulations to the following individuals:

  • Best Platform Presentation: Alissa M. Conde, MD for EMPOWER: improving the well-being of children living in toxic stress
  • Runner-Up Platform Presentation: Jami Riggenbach-Hays, MSN, APRN-BC for Quality of Life & Compassion Satisfaction in Clinicians: A Pilot Intervention Study for Reducing Compassion Fatigue
  • Best Case Study Poster: Therese Woodring, MS3 for Plasmodium falciparum infection in a 6 year-old with sickle cell trait
  • Runner-Up Case Study Poster: Editha Johnson, DO for Glomus Jugulare Tumor Induced Intracranial Hypertension
  • Best Process/Quality Improvement Poster: Chia (Teresa) Bowman, PharmD for Simple Interventions Reduce Emergency Department Opioid Prescriptions: A Quality Improvement Project
  • Runner-Up Process/Quality Improvement Poster: John Farrell, MD for Multiplex Flow Cytometry vs. Indirect IFA for Detection of ANA
  • Best Evidence-Based Practice Poster: Ashley Getz, MSN, FNP-C for Advanced Practice Meets Engineering: Using Evidence to Develop an Innovative Mobile Device Application
  • Best Qualitative Research Poster (tie): Sara M. Krzyzaniak, MD for The Scarlet “R”: The Role of Stigma in Resident Remediation
  • Best Qualitative Research Poster (tie): Sara M. Krzyzaniak, MD for A Qualitative Study of Resident Perspectives on Struggling Learners and Remediation
  • Best Quantitative Research Poster: Xiaojun Zhang, MD for Vestibular and Oculomotor Abnormalities in Adult Onset Autoimmune Cerebellar Ataxias Patients with Normal Brain MRI
  • 1st Runner-Up Quantitative Research Poster: Maureen Mathews, DNP, APN, CNP for Younger Caregivers of Stroke Survivors Experience Personal Growth through Caregiving but are Concerned with Financial Burden
  • 2nd Runner-Up Quantitative Research Poster: Kimberly Cooley, RN, CCRC for Can In Situ Simulation Influence Willingness to Adopt Telehealth Technology for Sepsis?